62 year old Ralph Morris Batey of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a retired animal shelter worker with the City of Smithville. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bobby Thomason will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dink Batey and Goldie Trusty Bandy. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Jennifer Batey of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Morgan Batey and Dustin Jennings both of Smithville. Two brothers, Billy Batey of Watertown and Carl Bandy of Smithville and one sister, Denice James of Georgia. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that all donations please be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.